Well, here we are in the throes of another spectacular summer, and just days after the Fourth of July — a holiday that has put Surf City on the map with the "largest parade west of the Mississippi." Another recent big event on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier is the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. National Championships, an extremely significant opportunity for young men and women to compete from schools all over the U.S. andHawaii.
We all should know what transpires next in Surf City: the US Open of Surfing sponsored by Nike 6.0 and Hurley, the biggest and baddest surf contest in the world! The Open draws crowds in the hundreds of thousands, pushing tourism revenue over the top. Sadly, for the locals who were dedicated readers of your publication, we haven't had a qualified surfing columnist since the abrupt disappearance of our beloved and revered local hero, "Rockin' Fig" Fignetti, almost 15 months ago. So maybe it's time to get back in the game, Independent! There is a lot going on in H.B., and no one is covering it.